Upcoming PolarConnect Events!

The first day of the Pluck

Join PolarTREC for an Upcoming Live Event!

On Tuesday, 20 August at 1:00 pm AKDT, please join us for a live event with educator Piper Bartlett-Browne from a ship in the Chukchi Sea. Piper will be calling in with researcher Lee Cooper to discuss the sampling and research that have been carried out during their voyage. You can learn more about Piper's expedition here.

All events are free and open to the public. Please join us!


What is PolarTREC?

STEM at the Poles! Research Experiences for Formal and Informal Educators in the Polar Regions is the newest iteration of PolarTREC. The educators (formal and informal) come from the United States and spend 3-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the Arctic or Antarctica, working side by side with scientists. STEM at the Poles is professional development for educators across all Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines connecting them to the polar regions and the research community; developing Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) resources; and changing how they teach STEM in both informal and formal learning environments. PolarTREC is funded through awards from the National Science Foundation and administered by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS).

Image: The 2019 PolarTREC Cohort and project management team pose for a photo outside the Syun-Ichi Akasofu Building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus during orientation week.

Expedition Timeline

Use the interactive timeline below to explore with the new cohort of educators and researchers!

2019 Expedition Timeline

Latest Journals

16 August 2019 Drones & Spectroradiometers

By: Monica Nunez
As the advancement in technology continues, scientific research can take advantage of these changes. Oftentimes, researchers have to hike vast distances through some of the toughest terrain on the planet, with heavy equipment. At other times, some research cannot be done or is difficult to…

15 August 2019 Stayin' Alive - Safety on the Healy

By: Piper Bartlett-Browne
The watertight door to enter the lab on the Healy.
We'll take a litte break from science talk today to chat about life on the Healy. The Healy is a US Coast Guard vessel that is 420 feet long with a crew of about 60 to 80 people and 40 researchers at a time. This means that safety is very important. First, fire on a ship can be very dangerous so…

14 August 2019 Saildrones

By: Piper Bartlett-Browne
The saildrone on the ocean. (Courtesy of NOAA)
Most of us know what drones are. They fly and are remote controlled. But have you ever heard of a saildrone? According to Saildrone, Inc. “A saildrone is an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) that combines wind-powered propulsion technology and solar-powered meteorological and oceanographic sensors to…

PolarTREC Updates

To the Arctic! New Expeditions Underway

Polar Animals Activity

Teachers Monica Nunez, Kate Steeper, and Piper Bartlett-Browne are all in the Arctic or headed there this month! Monica is working with University of Texas El Paso researcher Craig Tweedie on the North Slope. Kate Steeper is headed to Toolik Field Station to work with Donie Bret-Harte from University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Piper Bartlett-Browne will be headed out to the Chukchi Sea with researcher Lee Cooper from University of Maryland. You can join them on their expeditions by reading their journals, joining live from the field events, and asking your questions.

Now Archived! PolarConnect Event with Ale Martinez

Martinez in the field

Teacher Ale Martinez and the Phenology and Vegetation in the Warming Arctic 2019 Research Team broadcast live from Toolik Field Station on Tuesday, 25 June 2019. The team is studying environmental variability and increased temperature on tundra plant phenology, growth, species composition and ecosystem function. You can read more about her experience and the science here. The one-hour event is now archived and can be viewed here.

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Find people, expeditions, and resources

PolarTREC has hosted 193 expeditions and houses over 2,000 resources for educational use.

Locate Team Members

Check out our member directory to locate a team member from a current or previous PolarTREC expedition.

Follow Expeditions

All current and past expeditiions are listed in reverse chronological order for viewing.

Find Resources

Lesson plans, activities, articles, web links and more can be found in our resources section.